South County Peoples Kitchen, which provides a daily hot noontime meal to the homeless and others in need, will soon move to a new location in Grover Beach.
Peoples Kitchen President Betsy Ehrler said she hopes the nonprofit organization will be able to start serving soon at 286 South 16th St. in a county-owned lot behind a county health department office and the (currently closed) San Luis Obispo Superior Court Grover Beach branch.
Peoples Kitchen is currently waiting to obtain a temporary use permit from the city of Grover Beach so it can operate in the new location. The citys planning commission is then tentatively scheduled to consider the organizations request for a conditional use permit at its Sept. 10 meeting.
The church has provided space for volunteers for nearly five years but has moved its Sunday services to the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande and cant accommodate Peoples Kitchen, which needs to move by the end of the month.
Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey said Tuesday the temporary use permit has not yet been approved but he believes the goal is to do so before the end of the month to avoid disrupting Peoples Kitchens service.
A temporary permit can be approved by the citys community development director, but the conditional use permit will have to go to the planning commission. As part of the temporary permit, Peoples Kitchen will need to install fencing around their serving site.
Theyve been very cooperative in working with the city to make it successful, Copsey said of the organization.
Peoples Kitchen has moved a half-dozen times since volunteers started serving meals out of the back of a truck near the railroad tracks in Grover Beach in 1992.
Eventually, Peoples Kitchen organizers hope to have a permanent home as part of a community center that would also offer housing assistance, job training, drug and alcohol services, mental health counseling and other services.